KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This, of course, was the Matt Cassel that makes Chiefs fans believe he can lead the team to great things.
Boosted by a potent running game led by Jamaal Charles (returning from an ACL injury) and newcomer Peyton Hillis, and the Chiefs' revamped offensive line that protected him flawlessly, Cassel was, well, virtually flawless.
Cassel, in his first game back since being injured last October, directed the Chiefs to two touchdown drives on his only two possessions. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown, leading the Chiefs to a 27-17 win over Arizona Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
Words of caution, though: This is only preseason, and, we've seen this act before. Cassel is more than capable of directing an offense at a high level when he has great protection and an effective ground game that allows him to play-action pass at will. He is very Trent Green in that regard.
The bigger test for Cassel will come later, as it always does, when he is ...